Step up to Writing

  • Step Up To Writing

    Parent Guide


    Step Up to Writing is an organizational program that teaches explicit writing strategies within the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, final copy, proofreading, sharing) to help students organize their thinking and their writing. It is used primarily for informational, expository writing.


    Through this program, our students have learned to organize and write in a logical order, expand and support their statements, and write cohesive multi-paragraph pieces, even at an early age.


    Students learn some key strategies in the Step Up to Writing Program:

    -          How to write effective topic sentences using Power Statements and Occasion/Position Statements.

    -          How to write strong “Accordion” paragraphs

    -          How to write strong topic and concluding sentences

    -          How to make transitions between ideas

    -          How to write comparison sentences


    We are using color coding in class to define the paragraph components and structure

    Green = Topic Sentence/ Concluding Sentence

    Yellow = Key idea, Reason, Detail, or Fact

    Red = Detail, Explanation, Example, Elaboration


    Using these components, students “build” paragraphs in a variety of configurations. The most basic is:


    Green: Topic Sentence


    Yellow: Key idea

    Red: detail

    Red: detail


    Yellow: Key idea

    Red: detail

    Red: detail


    Green: Concluding Sentence